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in benghazi was stormed where chris steven's and another american were killed. the rest of the staff was evacuated to a safe house. that was raided hours later. two other americans died in that assault. libyan officials said militants may have been tipped about the safe house location by someone in libyan security. susan mcginnis is following this from washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. washington is bracing for more violence across the muslim world today, this is after muslim religious authorities called for mass demonstrations after the weekly friday prayers. protests continue in cairo, egypt for e fourth day in a row. anger over an american made anti-islam film has spread from egypt to libya to yemen. u.s. officials have beefed up security at embassies around the world. >> directed my administration to do whatever is necessary to protect all americans who are serving abroad, one of my highest priorities as president. >> reporter: officials peer the demonstrations will escalate today after several muslim clerics called on muslims to join the protest after the trad
americans. in benghazi, libya, visiting the ruins, charlie what did you see? >> reporter: well, nora, ruins is a good way to describe it, because the place has been decimated. every single building, every single room has been torched, everything inside smashed to pieces or taken out. really, there would have been no place to hide in that compound. when you talk to libyans here you hear the same thing. everybody is heartbroken. they're saddened, shocked by what's happened. they say that they're ashamed of what's happened. they say the ambassador is a personal friend to the libyans. he was here for growth, to show there is a stable future forelibya, ironically, and they held a pro-american rally last night here in benghazi to reinforce those sentiments. so, you know, even days after this event, there is a sense of shock, of anger at those behind it, and the investigation now continues to find out who was behind these killings. the libyans tell me this was directed by al qaeda. this could not have come out of anger from the libyan people. >> charlie, will we see a coordination between the fbi
to libya. >> reporter: stevens risked his life to save benghazi as envoy to the libyan rebellion against gay day. the secretary of state said he lost his life trying -- gadhafi. the secretary of state said he lost his life trying to build a better libya. >> this was an attack against shale and savage a -- against a small and savage group. >> reporter: he was an analyst who would joke with condoleezza rice about gadhafi's crush on her, an ambassador who would brew up a cappachino for senator john mccain. >> he's just a good california dude. >> reporter: matthew van dyke, the baltimore man who fought for the rebels in benghazi, says the vast majority of libyans love america for helping them win their freedom. >> people are really upset. they're really ashamed. shame is a big thing in islamic culture and they feel it deeply. >> reporter: there is an old saying in american politics that in america politics somes at the water he is edge but innocent in case. republican presidential nominee mitt romney blasted a statement out of the american embassy in cairo that criticized that anti- islam
of the u.s. consulate in the city of benghazi. it happened after hundreds of people converged on the consulate to protest a little-known internet film that ridicules islam. the film was produced in the united states. it was just a year ago that the u.s. helped overthrow libya's dictator moammar qaddafi and christopher stevens was one of the americans on the ground then helping the rebels to victory. we have a team of correspondents on this story and we will go first to david martin who's been talking to his sources at the pentagon. david? >> reporter: good evening, scott. u.s. officials say this was not an out-of-control demonstration but a well-executed attack by a well-armed band of thugs. the u.s. believes that the... this was executed by a group that is either associated with or sympathizes with al qaeda and that they took advantage of that demonstration ainst that anti-muslim film to launch their assault on the anniversary of 9/11. american ambassador chris stevens and information sean smith were in the main building when the attack, which turned into a four-hour gun batt
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